Wendy Lee Taylor
A journey of song and dance
An endless passion...
Having started dancing at the tender age of 5, Wendy spent her adolescence fine-tuning all her performance skills in amateur productions, not only as a performer, but also as choreographer, costume designer and producer.
She performed in musical comedies such as “Mac & Mabel” and “Kiss me Kate” before traveling to Japan to sing and dance in various international productions. She returned to Australia planning to complete her University degree in languages, but was swept back into the world of Show Biz when she was chosen for the Australasian tour of “42nd Street”. Starting as one of the 24 ‘hoofers’ she finished the tour understudying the leading role of ‘Dorothy Brock’.
Her international career continued when she was offered a position at the Lido de Paris, joining the famous Bluebell Line. Having fallen in love with France, it was not a difficult decision to stay in Paris after her contract finished, to continue working with the recently formed jazz vocal group, The Jazzberries. For three years this multinational trio performed in Parisian Jazz Clubs such as the Bilbouquet and Lionel Hampton Club, working with musicians such as Claude Bolling and appearing at the Nice Jazz and Cannes film festivals.
In 1999, Wendy went to London to help a close friend mount her original Comedy Musical, during which time she auditioned for the role of Jane Avril in Charles Aznavour’s new Musical Comedy, Lautrec. It was after she had returned to Paris and started studying jazz improvisation with Thelonious Monk Prize Winner Sara Lazarus, that she was informed that she had in fact won the role, and would have to pack her bags to return to London for the season at the Shaftsbury Theatre on West End.
On returning to Paris, Wendy formed the Wendy Lee Taylor Quartet, with whom she recorded her first album, “Let’s do it” in May 2005. Her second album “All you have to do” recorded in 2008 with a 10 piece jazz band was released in Feb 2011, and her third album “Remembering Fred Astaire” is soon to be released. She currently performs with her quartet and with the Caveau de la Huchette swing band in jazz clubs and festivals around the world. Now, focusing on incorporating tap dancing into her jazz concerts, Wendy blends the magic of musical comedy and cabaret, with the rhythm and intricacy of jazz.